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Defeats doom Duisburg and Rostock

AFP , BERLIN

Duisburg and Hansa Rostock were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday while champions Bayern are on the verge of the record for the least amount of league goals conceded in a season.

After they both spent just one season in Germany’s top flight, Duisburg were condemned to the second division after they lost 3-2 at home to champions Bayern, while Hansa Rostock’s 2-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen sent them down.

Nuremberg have one game left to save themselves following their 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin.

Either Nuremberg or Arminia Bielefeld will be the third side to be relegated next weekend.

Energie Cottbus made sure they will stay in the Bundesliga with a shock 2-0 win at home to Hamburg.

Having been confirmed as Bundesliga champions last weekend, Bayern raced into a 3-0 lead only to concede two second half goals and had to cling on to their slender lead for a 3-2 win.

Bayern have conceded 20 goals this season and are one game away from breaking Werder Bremen’s record of 22 for the lowest number of goals leaked in a season.

Munich took an early lead when midfielder Andreas Ottl unleashed a right-footed shot from 20m after just three minutes.

Germany striker Lukas Podolski netted twice in two minutes to give the champions a 3-0 lead after just 20 minutes.

But Duisburg fought back with two second half goals to put the champions under pressure at 3-2 with more than half an hour remaining.

Werder Bremen remain second in the league behind Bayern after their 6-1 hammering of Hanover 96.

Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida opened the scoring with a 14th minute goal, but the second half turned into a goal feast in Bremen before Hanover grabbed a consolation goal on the final whistle.

And third-placed Schalke kept up the pressure on Bremen with a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Dark horses VfL Wolfsburg are on the verge of a UEFA Cup berth after their 4-0 humbling of VfB Stuttgart.

With four sides — Wolfsburg, Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg — all locked on 51 points and just two UEFA Cup places available, it will all be decided on the last day of the season next Saturday.

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